Having a decorating plan is essential for making the most of a living space and budget, but every home needs something fun to liven things up. Generally, the fun things are the unexpected finds that weren’t in the original plan. These types of fun home decor items can range from unusual pieces of furniture to artful lamps, colorful accessories or funky wall art. Regardless of what it is, the piece makes you stop in your tracks and say, “I have to have that!” If you’re not sure what home decor items might qualify, here are 15 fun things Homedit has found at recent design shows that will add the wow factor to a room.
Artful Backlit Mirror
Backlit bathroom mirrors have been a new trend for modern and contemporary spaces, but this embellished style is super striking. A mandala-like design around the outer edge adds interest and even gives it a little bit of a boho feel. We could see it as a focal point in a feminine bathroom, or as the centerpiece in a stylishly eclectic powder room. In fact, this unusual mirror would also be ideal in an entryway where visitors would regularly see it and you could enjoy it all the time.
Colorful Retro Lamp
Retro styling and a bold color make a table lamp really pop. This particular one is the Maritime Retro Desk Lamp from BarnLight. The fun design combines a vintage 1940’s profile with a saucer shade to add 1940s style to your home decor. It would also be a good choice for a home office. The lamp’s mild industrial feel can be played up or down depending on the color chosen for the finish. In a reading nook or a console table, it’s a lamp that definitely won’t fade away into its surroundings!
A Modern Bench
When is a bench not just a bench? When it’s more like a modern work of art as this design by CB2 demonstrates. Mixed materials and an unusual, off-center profile elevate this seat and make it perfect for an entryway, foyer or living room. The main thing is to place it where its exceptional look can be on show because it is far from the ordinary flat or tufted bench seat.
Another unique style of bench is more suited to seating multiple people, but the shape and coppery sheen make it a design must-have. Called the Thermal Spray Bench Copper, it is made of polystyrene and copper. It may look like a stone behemoth, but the materials make it much more lightweight. It’s ideal for a living room, family room or entryway.
In the same realm of artful home decor pieces, this lamp from the ERA Studio is a design that incorporates recycled elements and a retro toy showcased inside. Fashioned from glass vases, bowls and a wineglass, the tall multi-tiered work shows off the relic of childhood inside. It’s a fabulous example of how much more interesting an artful piece is than a plain, mass-produced lamp. Of course, as with any work of art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it will only be a stand-out addition to your home if it speaks to you in some way.
An Unusual Silhouette
One sure way to pick something fun is to find a piece of furniture that has a really unusual silhouette. This large chair not only has a funky, organically shaped back, but it also has a rounded shape that could fit into a corner. Even though it would fit nicely in a nook, the Dr. Seuss-esque line of the chair back deserves to be on show where it can be appreciated from all sides. With curvy lines like this, the plain fabric and bright piping are perfect.
A Focal Point Table
There’s nothing like a distinctive table for a focal point in a room, and this one fits the bill for a number of reasons. The Twist table by Floris Wubben is made with a harmony of machine and human work that co-dependently produces the object. In fact, the table was created with an extrusion machine that Wubben developed. Besides the art of the process, the table is gleaming, layered work of art that will dominate a room with its luminescent color and funky shape.
A Whimsical Piece
Occasional tables definitely don’t have to be boring and this one from Gallery ALL is complete whimsy. Shiny golden bean-like figures hold up the small tabletop and a third one dances off to the side. The Tan Tan side table by Zhipeng Tan is a great piece to add to a living room or den that will draw attention despite the small size. Adding an unexpected whimsical piece to a staid space is one of those marvelous home decor ideas that will ratchet up the style factor immediately.
Choosing a fun and dramatic chandelier for a room can change the flavor of the entire space. This modern fixture from Hammerton Custom Lighting looks like ice that has been crumpled up like paper. In total, it’s a dreamy, frosty fixture that is will pull the eye up in a room. When people look up to see the fixture, it’s likely they’ll also notice other decor elements in the room more readily.
A Bold Textile Choice
Sometimes a plain chair becomes a really fun item when the upholstery is bold and surprising. Here, the impact of this chair from John Celli is amplified with the use of wide red and white stripes on the back. Because this is a bar height chair, the back will certainly be seen more than the front will. It’s also a great example of how to use solid colors in a bold way instead of relying on a strong graphic or floral for impact, which would not create the same effect.
Funky Statement Furniture
If jaw-dropping is the reaction you’re looking for in a fun piece of home decor, this chair made of soft toys is perfect. This pink version is part of the furniture series that Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana have been building for more than a decade. Created in collaboration with American artist Kaws, this Pepto-pink chair is also super cozy looking.
If plush toys aren’t appealing, a sofa with a sleek shape with sinuous lines might be the ticket. The afrodite sofa by Estúdio Mameluca is from the 2018 Libido Collection. The bold red is not for the timid and the lip-like backrest adds a sexy touch. From a modern living room to a spacious master bedroom, a sofa like adds a dose of ooh-la-la that is irresistible.
Vintage and Retro Accessories
Shiny and brassy, the Powerplant Engine Clock from Pendulux is a modern replica of an old piece that will delight history buffs as well as modern design enthusiasts. The design looks like the type of radial engine found in US Aircraft from the 1920s through the 1940s. The company says that Charles Lindbergh used a radial engine in the Spirit of St. Louis for his historic flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Even from just the visual perspective, the clock is an attractive and fun home decor idea for an office, den or man cave.
Unbelievable Design Features
When a piece of furniture has features like this cabinet from Quality and Company, it’s a definite attention getter. Rather than wood framing the sides of a glass-fronted door, the glass forms the sides and doors. The glass body is attached to a wooden skeleton for support. The front and side form a single unit that swings open. While you’ll want to display your favorite items in it, the case itself is a home decor highlight.
A Wild Wall Piece
For a room that needs something wild and dramatic, this wall decor piece from Sapphire Chandelier of Canada is just the ticket. Friends will not be able to overlook the massive lips that have a coppery sheen and hold an oversized diamond ring. No matter where this piece is installed, it becomes the focal point.
All of these pieces are fun home decor ideas for livening up any ] space. The main thing is to choose something that really grabs attention and is not too serious. What good is home decor if it doesn’t make you smile?